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April Fool’s jokes posted online could land you in Thai jail, police warn

Tanutam Thawan

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April Fool’s jokes, pranks and hoaxes are not allowed to be shared on social media in Thailand. No, it’s not a joke. April Fool’s jokes posted on social media could land you in Thai jail, or slapped with a hefty fine for violating the country’s Computer Crime Act.

Some April Fool’s jokes posted online are considered “fake news” that mislead the public, and sharing “fake news” breaks Thai law, according to the Technology Crime Suppression Division, or TCSD.

On April 1 every year in many countries around the world is April Fool’s Day, with people making jokes and hoaxes, but in Thailand posting fraudulent messages or sharing fake news that may mislead the general public are guilty of the Computer Crimes Act.

The TCSD warns the public to be careful when posting or sharing news on social media That have a jail sentence and a fine.

Recently, police have been cracking down on misleading posts related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the political protests in Thailand, especially posts that incite public agitation. The TCSD warns not to share April Fool’s jokes related to Covid-19 because it “incites panic.”

False or misleading posts that pose a threat to national security, stir up public agitation or may cause damage to others are prohibited under the Computer Crime Act which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to 100,000 baht.

April Fool's jokes posted online could land you in Thai jail, police warn | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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8 Comments

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    Happy Farang

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    every day in Thailand is April fools day

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Yes times are hard for the Thai constabulary. They need all the fines they can collect.
    They wander the streets and the gay crowded places to catch a ferang dropping a cigarette butt.
    Tragic.

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    Stardust

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    How nervous and poor they are now. No wonder Thailand has the highest suicide rate now. Unhappy dictatorship countries!

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    Geoff

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    This is a really, really sad article. Unbelievable.

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Proof that the Thai government doesn’t have a sense of humor.

    It must come from standing in front of the mirror and trying not to laugh at themselves all the time.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Hard times for the Thai hierarchy such a shame!!! As regarding April fools day well it’s not surprising is it that they don’t want Thai people having a laugh or a joke as it’s against the law absolute joke!! Hang you’re heads in shame Thai hierarchy!!

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    Slugger

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Firstly, name the foreigner fined for dropping a cigarette butt?

    Secondly, who said having a laugh or a joke was against the law?

    You people who make things up to be published here are the reason why foreigners arent wanted anymore. Pack up and go home.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Yawn.
    Google Bangkok cigarette police slugger.
    They were also in Pattaya. I did not make it up. Nobody could make it up!

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